Faculty Footnotes

This is family: Reflecting on one year at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

By Dr. Ionut Alexandru Tudorie, Academic Dean

It has been a little over a year since I took up my position as academic dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, relocating here from my native Romania. But it was only quite recently that my wife, daughters, and I went out as a family to explore the New York area, even just to a restaurant! To be honest, since we arrived here, we have been trying to focus on this community. And we already have a deep feeling of belonging here. It feels strange to leave campus for a Sunday Divine Liturgy, on the occasions I am called away to be somewhere else. Of course, you meet new people and visit new places, and this is always wonderful, but something in your heart always tells you your family is here, at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.


Alumni News

Alumnus Hierodeacon Aetios (Nikiforos) ordained to the priesthood


Saint Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) Alumnus Hierodeacon Aetios (formerly Dimitrios Nikiforos) was ordained to the holy priesthood Sunday, November 3, in Istanbul, Turkey, and was made grand ecclesiarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Very Rev. Grand Ecclesiarch Aetios was ordained by the hand of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Venerable Patriarchal Church of St. George.

Trained as an attorney, Fr. Aetios was initially drawn to SVOTS due to its strength in canon law and...

Seminarians Speak

Ministry to the poor and suffering: Fr. Theophan Whitfield speaks to Ancient Faith Radio

Fr. Theophan Whitfield

Is your parish committed to ministry to the poor and suffering?

That question is at the heart of Priest Theophan Whitfield’s Servant Parish Project, a research study Fr. Theophan has been completing as part of his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) work at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. On October 26, 2019, Father Theophan spoke to Ancient Faith Radio about the project.

“So often, it’s easiest to allow your parish ministry to those on the outside to slip and slide a little bit—not because it’s devalued, but it’s just the easiest thing to sort of neglect,” he explained on the podcast...

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